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June 10, 1939

A TUBE FOR USE IN THE POSTOPERATIVE CARE OF GASTRO-ENTEROSTOMY PATIENTS—A CORRECTION

Author Affiliations

Associate in Medicine and F. M. Kirby Fellow in Surgical Physiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Associate in Medical Physics Philadelphia

From the Gastro-Intestinal Section (Kinsey-Thomas Foundation) of the Medical Clinic and the Johnson Foundation of Medical Physics, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

JAMA. 1939;112(23):2414. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.62800230005012c

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Abstract

In the May 29, 1937, issue of The Journal a tube was described for use in the postoperative care of patients undergoing gastric operations. It had the twofold function of keeping the stomach constantly empty and yet of allowing jejunal feeding at regular intervals. This was accomplished by the insertion into a duodenal tube of a silver outlet valve at the tip for jejunal feeding and of a silver inlet valve 30 cm. proximal to the tip for the aspiration of the contents of the stomach. Although a large double lumen tube had once been used for the same purpose it was felt that the use of a single tube with valves was preferable because of the larger lumen that would be obtained for a given outside diameter.

In the light of subsequent experience this proves to have been an error. Though the standard 16 F. duodenal tube has a

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